Café Merlot

Rancho Bernardo

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In a Nutshell

Bistro tucked away in century-old winery invites guests to dine on gourmet locally sourced cuisine, including Sunday brunch

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Apr 25, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Dine-in only. Farm-to-table options valid only for prix-fixe menu only during lunch Tuesday-Thursday, lunch Friday-Saturday or during Sunday brunch, depending on option purchased. Not valid for wine or lobster bisque soup. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose from Four Options

$49 for a prix fixe brunch or lunch for two Friday–Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (up to a $114 total value)
$45 for a prix fixe lunch for two Tuesday–Thursday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (up to a $114 total value)
$10 for $20 worth of locally sourced continental food Tuesday–Thursday
$10 for $20 worth of locally sourced continental food Friday–Sunday<p>

The prix fixe brunch or lunch includes:

  • One pitcher of sangria or mimosa (up to a $40 value)
  • Two lemon-lavender or lemon-rosemary waters (a $3.50 value each)
  • Two soups du jour (a $4.50 value each)
  • Two pasta or salad entrees (up to a $16 value each)
  • One dessert sampler (a $20.50 value)
  • Two hot or iced teas (a $2.75 value each)<p>

Café Merlot’s everyday lunch menu includes such sandwiches as a salmon BLT on rye pumpernickel swirl ($15.45) and jumbo tiger shrimp in lemony sour cream ($16.95).<p>

Café Merlot

Located between the barrel room and the vineyards at the historic Bernardo Winery, Café Merlot combines Europe cuisines with Southern California flare. Café Merlot co-owner Toni Kraft grew up in a home with the smells of baking bread, and counts planting, harvesting, and consuming fava beans with her grandmother among her fondest childhood memories. After a career in catering in the Midwest, where she worked alongside the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Wolfgang Puck, Toni brings an experienced but experimental philosophy to her current restaurant’s seasonally-changing menus. And with the help of executive chef Ferdinand, Toni also helps with the cooking classes, which range from cooking with wine to Super Bowl snacks, spreads, and marinades.

The bistro uses the 123-year-old winery’s rustic surroundings to great effect. On the patio, olive trees and grapevines gossip above diners. Indoors, a warm-toned Tuscan ambiance welcomes guests. Sundays see Chef Daniel roll out some of his specialties on the brunch menu, such as lobster eggs benedict and Kahlua French toast, making the cafe an enticing destination for a romantic breakfast date or a confusing business meeting.

Customer Reviews

Because we were going on a Saturday morning, I had called to make a reservation. The food was very good, the service was good, and the ambiance is good. We really enjoyed our meal there, and I am sure we will go there again.
Linda C. · April 13, 2014
It was amazing! The food, the service and the atmosphere were all incredible. We will definitely be back.
Missy · March 1, 2013
Loved the food and ambiance and friendly professional staff
Rosemary · January 4, 2013

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